Oops, time got away from me again. I’ve been so busy that I have neglected this blog and I do hope you are not abandoning me because you have not heard from me in a while. I post when I have news and when I have time. Sometimes I get so involved in creating quilting designs that I forget about everything else. Does that mean I have a one track mind? Yes, I guess I do, at least part of the time. It can be an advantage when I need to get some things done, but other times not so much.

First of all I want to show you a picture of a quilt that Rhonda G. of Wesew4, a customer, who used one of my designs on a lovely quilt made from a panel. Rhonda, I am not sure if this is your own quilt or a customer’s. It looks great and I thank you for sending the pictures. The quilting design is FL-108 Peacock and available on my website.

rhondas-peacock-quilt  rhondas-quilting

Next up I have a link to a video of my daughter, Daniela Stout of cozyquilt.com, presenting last month’s Strip Club quilt.

revolution-quiltYou can find the whole presentation on YouTube. The link is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSfTT6CKBBg

And finally I have a picture of a new design for a paper pieced quilt that so far only exists on my computer and on paper. I designed this with the intention of releasing it as a block of the month, but before I go through all the work of writing the instructions and making the patterns I really would like to know if there are people interested in paper piecing and would like to participate. So you see it all depends on all of you. I could release it one block per month or the whole pattern all at once for perhaps a bit of a discount. What do you think? Is this something you might like to do? Please leave a comment. As a Block of the Month it could be finished in 6 or 7 months, but all the blocks are repeated quite a few times. The quilt is about 70″ square, but if you prefer something smaller I could eliminate some blocks and rearrange things.


I look forward to your input.





Tumbing blocks

I just saw this video on Facebook and am passing it on. It is a really nifty way of cutting tumbling blocks if you don’t like the hassle of Y-seams.


Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkxfvMVnZV4.

The video was posted by TeresaDownUnder but Teresa states that the original technique is attributed to Rebecca McCreary and also to Marci Baker, so it is not a new idea.

Amazing what you can find on YouTube.

Happy stitching.


Happy New year

new-yearI hope all of you had a lovely Christmas and wish you all a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year.

It’s been a very busy month and a while since my last blog. I took some time off to recharge my own battery and tried to catch up and finish all sorts of half finished projects and tasks that were put on the back burner. Well, I did not succeed in finishing everything I had planned, but I did recharge my battery and am rearing to go again. I just finished posting new quilting designs on my website and a pattern for a fun little wall hanging, that I think will be a hit with the little ones.

AP-08 Juggling Snowman

It is small, 16″ square, and very quick to make. Only the border and binding require stitching. The rest is all fused down, even the background, and it did not require quilting, although it can, of course, be added. The snowballs are tiny pompoms. The pattern includes full size templates and SVG files for those that have a cutting machine.

I also tried to make a series of Free Standing Lace Christmas ornaments, but only managed two as my embroidery machine had to go into the shop and it took a couple of weeks for the part to arrive. I stitched them over Mylar which gave a nice bit of sparkle to both of them:



Peace Dove

And one for St. Patrick’s day (at least I’m early with that one).


They will be on my website in a couple of days. I am now working on a couple of embroidery designs for Valentine’s Day and I started thinking about some new quilting designs for next month. If you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them.

Last but not least, I want to share some pictures that Deborah Zucker, a customer,  sent me of a quilt she quilted for her customer who rightfully was very pleased with the result.

The quilt pattern is Prickly Pear and is published and distributed by Cozy Quilt Designs and available in their shop www.cozyquilt.com. The quilt pattern was my design too, so it was fun to come up with some quilting designs to match. I think I succeeded and Deborah did a beautiful job on the quilting. Her business name is IQuilt4U.

Here are two pictures of Deborah’s work:prickly-pear-1


And finally a picture of the original quilt design:


Stay warm everyone. Spring will be here in just a couple of months.

Talk to you again soon.






Christmas decoration

A few weeks ago I discovered a fantastic new machine embroidery group on Facebook, EmbroideryM.O.M.  M.O.M stands for Mastering our Machines and Nadine, the owner of the group is not only a very nice lady, but she also posts some fantastic videos to inspire everyone. One of these videos shows how to make a bunch of floral petals and then arrange them and sew them into a large flower as a decoration for a pillow. petal-pillow

This was definitely something I wanted to try. I did not have enough fabric for a whole pillow, but I did have some nice red batik fabric. So I adapted Nadine’s technique and made this candle wreath:


The petals were sewn on an embroidery machine, but could easily be sewn with a regular sewing machine. You can follow Nadine’s instructions in her video. If you like the candle wreath you can sew the petals on a circle of fabric and leave the center free  so there is room to place a candle.  I don’t have a pattern I can share as this was not my design, but you can watch Nadine’s video if you become a member of the EmbroideryM.O.M group. You can find it on Facebook at this link:


You’ll receive a warm welcome. The group is quite new, but there are already several videos and has over 2,000 members.


Stars Within and an easy Tote

First of all a big Thank You to those of you who ordered my first paper piecing pattern “Flying High”. It was easy, right? I’d love to see pictures of your finished quilt. And how do you like patterns in PDF format? They can be downloaded instantly and there are no shipping and handling costs.

Today I have a link to a couple of videos. The first one is the October Strip Club quilt by Daniela of Cozy Quilt Design. Daniela did it again, she came up with a terrific design that looks complicated, but is actually quite easy to put together. Just click on the link to see how it is put together: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOrthFJQgQo

Pattern is available from www.cozyquilt.com or your local quilt shop.


The next video is by Laura Coia of Sew Very Easy. Laura shows how to use a paper gift bag as a pattern for a fabric one. If you are like me you probably have stacks of paper gift bags in all different sizes, but making them from fabric is special and they are so easy and quick to do. They make nice gifts all by themselves and become extra special when stuffed with something, a few fat quarters perhaps or some cookies or chocolate.

fabric-gift-bagsClick on the link to see how it is done: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHb_eYb3s_8

Until next time.


Fabric Painting

WOW, time sure flies when you are having fun, or even when you are just busy. That’s my excuse for not posting sooner. And, yes, I do have fun. At least most of the time, as long as I don’t have to take care of those pesky little admin details that sometimes demand priority. Maintaining a website for example. When I first started my website I had no idea what I was getting into. I had a lot to learn and still do and sometimes fun projects get put aside and then remain unfinished. Here is one I just finished, almost finished to be exact.


About a year ago, or maybe it was actually two years, I took a fun class on fabric painting with Inktense pencils taught by Desiree Habicht. It was great, but I was unable to finish the sample in class. Just recently I joined a Facebook group on machine embroidery and some of the members posted fabulous examples of fabric painting. That reminded me that I still had a half finished block so I took some time and finished painting it. I am new at this, but it was fun and I may practice some more. If you want to know how it is done you can find a lot of videos on YouTube using different techniques. The method I learned was with Derwent Inktense pencils. We were given a quilt block with an outline stitched on either a longarm or an embroidery machine. The outline is then colored in with the pencils after which a Fabric Medium is applied. When everything is dry it is ironed to heat set the paint and it becomes washable.

I have read that some people just use regular coloring pencils, but I have not tried that so I can’t comment on how well that works. Also, it is supposed to work better on PFD fabric (prepared for dyeing). That is a fabric without any finish or sizing.